This is a book to dip into only if you have good self-control: one word will lead to another, until you have visited each of the 500 or so.
We who forge words into documents lack anything as powerful as Illustrator or Photoshop are to graphics.
Semantic primes represent “the complete inventory of simple universal concepts that are embedded in the lexicons of all (or most) human languages.” Do they suffice?
The relationship between language and thought has exercised many great minds. Is Goddard and Wierzbicka’s attempt any advance?
I am currently planning the following major articles and series for the coming three months: Macs and Technology […]
Words have recently caused many casualties. Whether they were in emails exchanged with the Murdochs and read to […]
A panorama is an image, usually broad in its extent, of landscape, and has seen extensive figurative application. What is remarkable is that it did not exist until 1789, and still thrives today.
English words do not inflect much; in fact you could claim that English is almost a non-inflectious language. […]
Every so often, I see some English which strikes me as being odd or unusual. This time it […]
Sometimes chasing the origin and meanings of an apparently simple English word gives us a glimpse of a […]